Walnut and Poplar display box with a secret.

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Project by Trev posted 01-22-2013 12:28 AM 2116 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many golfers (including myself) collect ball markers from various courses (the picture shows one from the Masters I got a few years ago). Some golfers display the markers in frames and others let them collect in their drawers or golf bag pockets. I wanted to display my golf ball markers but I did not want to hang them on the wall in a frame. Additionally, I needed a spot to store all my accessories (divot repair tools, yardage books, etc.). To meet my needs I came up with a simple box to store the golf accessories and “stick” my ball markers to the lid.

While the box may look ordinary, underneath the walnut veneer is the secret: a thin piece of sheet metal. This enables me to stick each magnetic ball marker on the lid. Some ball markers do not have magnets, but to solve that problem I insert rare earth magnets between the marker and the lid to hold the non-magnetic markers in place. All the markers stay put even when the lid is opened.

The first picture is prior to finish and glue-up. The remaining pictures are following glue-up and finish. The final picture shows an all walnut version of the box with cherry accents.

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 12:42 AM

Clever! very original idea.


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#2 posted 01-22-2013 01:03 AM

Nice box good idea with The sheet metal

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 02:08 AM

That’s a good looking box Trev. We all have our little collections of things and need a place to keep them.

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 02:20 AM

Nice box and the sheet metal/magnets was very clever.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 08:01 PM

Smart idea! That’s a good looking box! You certainly made it well! Keep it up.

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#6 posted 01-29-2013 07:18 PM

Hey guys. Here’s a rookie question but how do these hinges work. Is it two holes and a pin that pushes into itself to fasten it? Hope that makes sense!

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#7 posted 01-29-2013 07:28 PM

A good idea and a beautiful box. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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